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IUVSTA Prize Winners

IUVSTA Technology Prize

Reshef Tenne

Prof. Tenne studied in the Hebrew University (1966-1976) and was a post-doc in Battelle Institute in Geneva (1976-1979). He joined the Weizmann Institute in 1979 and received tenure in 1985. He was promoted to a full professor in 1995. He published more than 350 original papers and about 80 invited chapters in books and review articles. He served as the head of the Department of Materials and Interfaces of the Weizmann Institute (2000-2007), the Director of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science (2003-2014) and held the Drake Family Chair of Nanotechnolgy (2005-2014). He served in many scientific public organizations and received numerous awards and recognitions. He was selected as a member of the Isarael Academy of Sciences in 2011 and Academia Europaea on 2012.

His research is focused on nanoparticles from layered (2D) compounds, like WS2 (MoS2). In 1992 he discovered that nanoparticles of 2D compounds are unstable against folding and seaming, forming fullerene-like (IF) structures and inorganic nanotubes (INT) at elevated temperatures. He studied the synthesis of such nanoparticles and their properties and developed many applications based on IF/INT. These nanoparticles serve as superior solid lubricants in lubricating fluids and in metal forming fluids with a large range of commercial products and expanding market-share. Numerous other applications as additives in polymer nanocomposites, have been perceived and are currently being developed for variety of applications.
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IUVSTA Science Prize

Phil Woodruff

Phil Woodruff first established what became one of the UK's main research groups in 'modern' surface science in the Physics Department of the University of Warwick in the 1970s, where he became Professor in 1987 and now holds the position of Professor Emeritus. During this period he has held short visiting positions at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey and a much longer 13-year one at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin. His work is particularly characterised by the development and application of new techniques for the study of the electronic and structural properties of surfaces.  He has been a major user of synchrotron radiation, based at a range of international facilities in the USA, UK and Germany, but now using the recently developed beamlines at the Diamond Light Source in the UK. He has been awarded a number of medals and prizes including the AVS Welch Medal, the Mott Medal of the Institute of Physics, and the Born Medal of the Institute of Physics and the Deutsch Physikalische Gesellschaft. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.